GKN has opened a new UK Innovation Centre for its automotive division, which will focus on developing state-of-the-art vehicle technologies and systems. The centre, in Abingdon, Oxfordshire, will use GKN’s expertise in electrified drivelines, lightweight structures, composite materials and additive manufacturing to create a range of new technologies for next-generation vehicles.
The UK Innovation Centre will also lead on delivering new components and technologies for the Jaguar Formula E electric race car. GKN has already delivered its first parts for the I-TYPE 2 in the form of custom-built fluid ports made from laser-sintered steel.
GKN is the global leader in two-speed electric vehicle systems. It has developed the only two-speed eTransmission currently in production – for the BMW i8 hybrid supercar.
At the UK Innovation Centre, GKN is honing a new ‘TorqueShift’ system for electric vehicles.
The UK Innovation Centre will deliver technical consultancy and new technologies, including lightweight driveshafts, efficient differentials and custom-built parts using additive manufacturing.